This programme focuses on the demand side of ICT for development, ensuring that citizens and communities are able to gain the most benefits from the installation and availability of ICT networks and services.
The purpose of this programme is to provide material support for the development of creative, innovative, and high value ICT activities within communities nationwide.
There are several facets to the programme, which form the basis for most projects implemented.
The “Smart Community Project” is a project designed to provide an affordable/free WIFI service to unserved or underserved communities across the country. The Smart Community is a base/access point for providing all other broadband services to those communities including but not limited to Digital for Inclusion (D4I), Cloud Content (eg; entertainment), etc.
The project is being piloted in five communities namely, Kyebi, Asumura, Asankragwa, Goaso,
- To promote and facilitate access to information to as many Ghanaians as possible, especially rural school/street children and graduates of Non-Formal Education Division (NFED) and the entire community through this internet project.
- To encourage online learning and provide training in computer skills and literacy to the beneficiaries.
- Improve access to and quality of education in the communities.
- Contribute to women’s empowerment through training and provision of small-scale business information.
- Provision of communication to rural areas and improve governance and inclusiveness at the local level.
The Digital Financial Inclusion (D4I) Project is an intervention by GIFEC to provide digital access to and use of formal financial services by excluded and underserved populations. These are services suited to the customers’ needs and delivered responsibly, at a cost both affordable to customers and sustainable for providers.
The project has three key components: A digital transactional platform; retail agents; and the use by customers and agents of a device, most commonly a mobile phone, to transact via the platform.
- A digital transactional platform that enables a customer to use a device to make or receive payments and transfers, and to store value electronically with a bank or nonbank financial institution permitted to store electronic value.
- Retail agents are equipped with a digital device each, connected to communications infrastructure to transmit and receive transaction details to enable customers to convert cash into electronically stored value and to transform stored value back into cash (mobile money). Depending on applicable regulation and the arrangement with the principal financial institution, agents may also perform other functions.
- The customer device can be digital (e.g., mobile phone), that is a means of transmitting data and information or an instrument (e.g., payment card) that connects to a digital device (e.g., POS terminal).
The project seeks to enhance the fishing activities of the various fishing communities and also improve yield.
Stakeholder engagement with the Ghana National Canoe Fishermen’s Council and the Fisheries Commission conducted on the use of ICT tools (i.e. the Fish-Finder technology) and satellite communication has led to the enhancement of the fishing experience of fishermen.
The Emergency Call Center serves as a bridge in emergency situations between the public and the nation’s security agencies.
The main goal of the Emergency Call Center is to ensure speedy responses to emergencies and also eliminate the inefficiencies in the system.
Presently, two emergency centres have been established in Accra and Kumasi to serve the Southern and Northern sectors with an additional three underway in Ho, Tamale and Takoradi.
Computerized Lab Test for Community-Based Health Planning Service (Chps) Centers
This project partners Ghana Health Service to implement the CHPS Centres programme nationwide.
The CHPS Centres is used to facilitate the performance of all routine lab tests in one system.
The devices used are Zevitt 120 Analyzer, Laptops, Scanners and Printers.
Three schools for the blind in Akropong, WA and Wenchi are the core beneficiaries of the disability project.
This project ensures that the physically challenged have equal access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in GIFEC’s quest to carry out its mandate without discrimination.
With hundreds of special equipment provided over the years to fit their needs, all three institutions have functional modern ICT Centres that allows students to undertake ICT lessons without encumbrance.
These institutions have benefited from special equipments such as the Braille display, Braille embossers, note takers, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), screen software, Braille translation software, and among others.
Several teachers have been trained in ICT under the Blind Union Capacity Building Programme to aid this project.
GIFEC is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to ensure that the country benefits fully from an e-health project.
This will ensure that health delivery in the country is modernized to suit the growing health needs of the citizenry.
The purposes are to help improve equitable access to health care delivery, link selected regional and district health centers with Wide Area Network (WAN)
to facilitate the exchange of information and ensure speedy and faster provision of health services to people in communities where the doctor/ patient ratio is low.